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One way to classify windows is by the frame material. Vinyl window frames – made from PVC – are a popular and affordable choice for many homeowners. Vinyl windows are durable, low maintenance, energy efficient, and come in a variety of sizes and finishes.
"How do I know when it's time to replace vinyl windows?"
Vinyl windows last approximately 15-25 years. Signs that it's time to replace a vinyl window include: issues with window operation, deterioration of the window frame (identifiable by visual inspection), condensation in or around the window, drafty rooms, and, increased utility costs.
Some homeowners opt to replace older vinyl windows with newer models to achieve greater energy efficiency.
"What is the difference between fiberglass and vinyl windows?"
The frames of vinyl windows are made from PVC, while fiberglass windows are fabricated with a mixture of fiberglass and polyester resins. Although these window types offer similar advantages, fiberglass windows are stronger and more energy efficient, while vinyl windows are more affordable.
"What are the pros and cons between vinyl, fiberglass and aluminum windows?"
Vinyl window pros and cons: affordable, resilient – very resistant to scratching and cracking, more energy efficient than aluminum, generally less expensive, generally thicker than aluminum and fiberglass, which may be an aesthetic issue for some homeowners, lower maintenance than aluminum, may not be painted, subject to warping in conditions of prolonged, high heat, not be as strong as aluminum or fiberglass.
Fiberglass window pros and cons: visually appealing, and comes in a variety of styles and colors, long lasting, more energy efficient than aluminum and vinyl, better noise control than aluminum and vinyl, stronger and more resilient than vinyl and aluminum, lower maintenance than aluminum, may be painted, not subject to warping or expansion/contraction, more expensive than vinyl and aluminum, color tends to fade over time if exposed to direct sunlight.
Aluminum window pros and cons: priced generally between vinyl and fiberglass, more durable than vinyl, may require more maintenance (lubrication, painting) than vinyl and fiberglass, prone to pitting, scratching, denting and corrosion, stronger than vinyl, not very energy efficient…allows for significant heat transfer, not effective at noise reduction.
"Who should I call to repair or replace vinyl windows?"
Vinyl windows are somewhat easier to install than other window options, so they can be repaired or replaced by experienced DIY’ers.
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